Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

Position ID:MIT-EAPS-PDABLT [#22117]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate-BLT
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts MA, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Oceanography / Physical Oceanography
Modeling / Modeling
Appl Deadline:2022/11/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/07/18, finished 2023/01/17, listed until 2023/01/18)
Position Description:    

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.We seek to fill a postdoctoral position in the Bottom Boundary Layer Turbulence (BLT) project, a multi-institutional team of theoretical, numerical and observational oceanographers, spanning MIT, Whole Hole Oceanographic Institution, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and National Oceanographic Center in Southampton UK. Our MIT group argued that the waters that sink into the abyss at high latitudes rise back toward the surface along thin boundary layers that develop along sloping and corrugated ocean boundaries. This hypothesis is now being tested in the BLT field study. The study consists of three cruises off the coast of Ireland in the Rockall Trough and includes the deployment of turbulent profilers and moorings to sample boundary layer turbulence, and the release of tracers to follow the upwelling of the bottom waters. The postdoctoral associate will use theory and a hierarchy of numerical models to help interpret the observational result. The work will be done in collaboration with an exciting and friendly group spread across the participating institutions.

Specific responsibilities will include: ● Develop theories of abyssal ocean circulation ● Setup numerical models to simulate the behavior of these abyssal flows ● Compare the results from the numerical simulations with observational results ● Perform independent research as well as within the BLT Team ● Interact and collaborate with a diverse team of theoretical, computational and observational physical oceanographers ● Present research results at conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals. A article in Science provides more information about the overall goals of the project.

For more information about the positions, please contact Professors Raffaele Ferrari at We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in physical oceanography or a related field by the date of hire. Strong background in ocean dynamics and numerical modeling. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills

Required Documents: Curriculum Vitae, One-page statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including verifying any finding of misconduct (or pending investigation) from prior employers.

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